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Guy Lands Dream Role After Playing Dead in 321 Videos

TikToker Josh Nalley will be a corpse in the morgue on 'CSI:Vegas'

(Newser) - After 321 days of playing dead with skills that would put a possum to shame, Kentucky man Josh Nalley landed his dream role on CSI:Vegas—he'll play a body in the morgue. The 42-year-old restaurant manager has been posting daily videos on TikTok in which he pretends to...

Crash That Killed 4 Teens May Be Linked to TikTok Challenge

Buffalo teens were in stolen Kia

(Newser) - A car crash that left four teenagers dead may have been linked to a TikTok challenge, a police commissioner in Buffalo says. A total of six teenagers were in a speeding Kia that crashed about 6:30am Monday, Buffalo police said. The car had been reported stolen Sunday night. All...

Hiker Shares TikTok Video of Bison Goring Her

Rebecca Clark was trying to sneak past a group of them in Texas when one spotted her

(Newser) - A hiker from Texas is lucky to be alive after being gored by a bison, and the clip of her attack is now going viral on TikTok. The Houston Chronicle reports on Rebecca Clark's ordeal last week during a solo trek in Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway, where...

TikTok Influencer's First Skydive Ends in Tragedy

Tanya Pardazi, 21, died during jump outside Toronto last month

(Newser) - On Aug. 29, a statement from Skydive Toronto announced the death two days earlier of a 21-year-old skydiving student, citing "fatal injuries obtained from an emergency situation." It didn't identify the student, but now her name is out, and it's a fairly well-known one: Tanya Pardazi,...

Man's Claim of Finding Unseen Massacre Photos in Doubt

30 photos left at pawn shop in Minnesota may or may not depict the Rape of Nanjing

(Newser) - Evan Kail, owner of the St. Louis Park Gold and Silver shop in Minnesota, is known as the "Pawn Man" on TikTok, where he shares videos of some of the unique items that arrive in his shop. But he would only show part of a photo album that arrived...

Warning Puts a Damper on Lawmakers' Use of TikTok

Memo from chamber's Chief Administrative Office warns against app due to privacy, security concerns

(Newser) - Even members of the US House of Representatives and their staff like to catch the latest viral dance video on TikTok, but a new warning from the chamber's Chief Administrative Office may have them rethinking using the popular social-media app. "We do not recommend the download or use...

After She Spoke of 'Toxic' Marriage, a Murder-Suicide

Sania Khan said stigma in South Asian communities make it hard for women to flee unhealthy relationships

(Newser) - After his ex-wife discussed their "toxic" marriage and divorce on TikTok, a Georgia man allegedly drove 11 hours, shot and killed the woman, then turned the gun on himself as cops closed in. That's according to Chicago police, who heard a gunshot and a groan as they arrived...

Meta Reports First-Ever Revenue Drop

Company's problems include declining advertising spending, TikTok competition

(Newser) - Meta's share price rose more than 6% in trading Wednesday—but it dropped 4% after-hours once the company reported its first-ever fall in revenue. Facebook's parent company reported quarterly revenue of $28.9 billion, below Wall Street's expectations and down almost 1% from the equivalent quarter last...

Traveler's Half-Eaten Subway Sandwich Costs Her $1.8K
Costly Mistake:
Not Declaring Her
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Traveler's Costly Mistake: Not Declaring Her Subway Sandwich

Australia is strict when it comes to entering the country with meat and vegetables

(Newser) - A woman forgot to declare one half of a Subway sandwich after flying home to Australia and now has to pay a nearly $2,000 fine. Jessica Lee took to TikTok to describe what she calls "the most expensive sandwich ever," which is somewhat accurate considering Guinness World...

Woman in 'Random Act of Kindness': 'I Feel Like Clickbait'

TikTok creator Harrison Pawluk gave woman flowers, video went viral; she's not happy about it

(Newser) - What's being deemed a "random act of kindness" by a TikTok creator wasn't taken that way by the recipient of said act, who says she feels exploited for her role in a video that's gone viral. The Guardian reports on the filmed stunt by Harrison Pawluk,...

Football Player, Social Media Star Dies

Spencer Webb, 22, fell and hit his head at an Oregon swimming lake

(Newser) - Oregon Ducks tight end Spencer Webb has died after falling and striking his head on rock slides at a popular swimming lake near Eugene, Oregon, authorities said. The 22-year-old who was expected to play his fifth football season at the University of Oregon this fall was found about 100 yards...

TikTok Sued Over Deaths of Girls 8, 9

Platform displayed 'blackout challenge' videos on the girls' 'for you' page, lawsuit says

(Newser) - TikTok has been sued again over the deaths of children who were participating in a challenge promoted by the social media platform. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County, says Heriberto Arroyo of Milwaukee found his 9-year-old daughter Arriani Jaileen Arroyo hanging in their home in February 2021. The same...

Cinemas Ban Teens in Suits After Minions Mayhem

'Gentleminions' fad started on TikTok

(Newser) - With the long-delayed release of Minions: The Rise of Gru, the world of Despicable Me is back on the big screen for the first time in five years—and some movie theaters having problems with overenthusiastic fans. Groups of teens inspired by the TIkTok #Gentleminions fad have been attending screenings...

FCC Commissioner Asks App Stores to Ditch TikTok

'TikTok is not what it appears to be on the surface,' Brendan Carr says

(Newser) - One of the leaders of the Federal Communications Commission is urging Apple and Google to ban TikTok, which he says "harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports show are being accessed in Beijing." Brendan Carr, one of the FCC's four current commissioners, made the request to...

Silent Comedian Is Now TikTok's Biggest Star

Former factory worker Khaby Lame is now TikTok's Biggest Star

(Newser) - A century after Charlie Chaplin's heyday, another man with a gift for silent comedy has become a worldwide star. Khaby Lame, who began making videos when he was laid off from his factory job in Italy early in the pandemic, is now the most-followed person on the most downloaded...

TikTok Star Found Dead Hours After Disturbing Post

Cooper Noriega was just 19

(Newser) - A popular TikTok influencer was found dead Thursday, hours after a concerning post he shared on the social media site. Cooper Noriega posted a video of himself in bed overlaid with the text, "who else b thinking they gon d!€ young af." It was captioned, "or...

Johnny Depp Joins TikTok
Johnny Depp Joins TikTok

Johnny Depp Joins TikTok

He thanks fans in first video

(Newser) - Johnny Depp is TikTok's newest star. The actor joined the site and quickly racked up more than 5 million followers as of Tuesday afternoon. So far, he has posted only one video , which includes clips of him arriving at the Amber Heard defamation trial and scenes from his recent...

Halsey Pushes Back at Body Jabs: 'LET ME LIVE!'

Singer is sick (for real, with multiple conditions) and tired of her appearance being criticized

(Newser) - Recent remarks about Halsey's appearance spurred the singer this week to push back, and now the comments are soundly in Halsey's corner. People notes that the 27-year-old (real name: Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, who prefers they/them pronouns) has been open of late about their diagnoses with "a slew...

Ex-TikTok Workers: 85 Hours of Meetings Is the Norm

To say it sounds like employees work a lot is an understatement

(Newser) - "Relentless productivity and secrecy" seem like two things that might be common to plenty of tech companies. But in the telling of a number of TikTok employees, who came to the social media behemoth from elsewhere in tech, the degree to which those are demanded at TikTok is "...

Dolly Parton's Love for Taco Bell Just Reached New Heights

Country music icon will star in TikTok production about fast-food chain's revived Mexican Pizza

(Newser) - Never did we think we'd be writing "Dolly Parton," "Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza," "TikTok," and "musical" in one sentence, but here we are, explaining just exactly how all those words are coming together. On the heels of the announcement that the...

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